Everyman (Faber Drama)

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Everyman (Faber Drama)

Everyman (Faber Drama)

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The big achievement of both Duffy and Norris is keep the framework of the original while suiting the content to a secular society. I really enjoyed the speech by Everyman towards the end, during which he muses about his life, including the good and bad things. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Otherwise Duffy has given us a rich text full of haunting lines such as the sudden recollection of “the mad joy of a school playground”.

While Ev’s lifestyle is clearly, as the play also demonstrates, not all humankind’s, it does point towards Duffy’s universal enemy: a corporate world that glorifies individualism and risky choices, hones materialistic desires and, most importantly, creates in its inhabitants a complete lack of responsibility. While not quite having the instructive edge of the morality play form, this production of Everyman nonetheless does have its didactic elements, arranged in long (and mostly environmentalist) spiels that remind us of a basic lesson: that actions have, often irreversible, consequences. Milton Court is located within the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Barbican entrance on Silk Street.Lastly, the author sprinkles the play with a good deal of humour, especially with the character of Death. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. Please note this production contains adult content including strong language, scenes of drug and alcohol use, depictions of vomit and references to self-harm. I saw this play when it was at the NT and found this updated version very powerful-- however, I have always found it to be powerful, no matter the version.

I sense this probably falls in the Noah/Cloud Atlas/The Green Knight/Avatar uncanny valley of being too sincere for the secular and too mystical for the religious, but that's my jam. Award-winning poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy’s thrilling contemporary adaptation of the fifteenth century play The Summoning of Everyman, is directed by Katherine Nesbitt.God is here merged with the figure of Good Deeds and embodied by Kate Duchene as a cleaning-woman with Marigolds and bucket. He is very touching in the scene where he confronts his scooter-riding young self and owns up to a life of self-gratification.

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